F1 » We've got to be realistic, warns Whitmarsh


Martin Whitmarsh fully expects McLaren to bounce back from their poor showing in Australia, but has said the team must be realistic in its expectations.

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oldtimer - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 9:51 AM

Nice of Mr Whitmarsh to state the obvious, I think we all assumed that McClaren would be working their butts off to get up to speed. Let's just hope they don't fit anymore suspension parts on UPSIDE DOWN... or is that the answer? In addition is he suggesting that they will have to consider using the old car on return from Malaysia? maybe I've missread that but I sincerely hope that something good happens as I would like them to be at the front as that would give Button and Perez a reasonable chance. From what I've read or heard there is probable too much wrong for this car to ever become a winner. Let's hope I'm proved wrong.

Abdulla from Bahrain - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 10:23 AM

"It's not a serious option for Malaysia, no!" he laughed

Laughed? Im shocked how this guy can laugh!

Mclaren are in for a difficult time if things dont turn around fast. They should thinki of making this season a write off and focus on next season if by race 5-6 shings dont improve significantly.

Freddie Freeloader - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 10:32 AM

Finally Mclaren are waking up to reality. 2012 they had a very fast but unreliable car and a very fast driver but they are so arrogant they let the fast driver go and built a new car instead of making the 2012 model reliable. Backfired big time!
When you do stupid things it tends to come back and bite you. They need to sort it fast and give JB something he can fight with

107SS2009

March 19, 2013 10:35 AM

I will not describe mclaren as being afraid more like being shocked.
There should be no doubt that they will do all in their power to turn things around.
And there should be no doubt that if there is a team that can turn things around that's mclaren.
But it is a fact that some things cannot be turned around and if that turns out to be the case they can always revert back to last year's car which certainly was the fastest on the grid, the problem is, will it be too late?

oldtimer - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 10:49 AM

Abdulla is right, how Whitmarch can laugh about it I don't know. Does'nt Ron Dennis ever knock on his office door and ask "What the f... is going on Martin. He's a nice guy but perhaps that's the problem because he certainly does'nt inspire confidence. We would all like McClaren to back where they were in times gone by but once you are on the slippery slope it's very difficult to get off.

107SS2009

March 19, 2013 10:51 AM

Yes, they are saying that they have no intention of using last year's car, but they might be forced to do just that like they had to do when Newey while at mclaren came out with a dog of a car.

RT - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 12:29 PM

I knew they were going to have problems going to a pull - rod suspension. It took Ferrari most of the season to figure theirs out when they switched. It was nieve of them to think they could make a completely new car and add pull rod suspension and be competitive at all this season. I hope I am wrong. The pull rod is very sophisticated, is a lot harder to make slight adjustments and is very temperamental. Doesn't seem worth it for a slight aero and lower center of gravity advantage. Push rod is a tried and true design. Why complicate things?

Ben - Unregistered

March 19, 2013 4:49 PM

So now, McLaren is contemplating a return to the car that a certain Lewis Hamilton helped develop for last year's campaign. Well they will still need a driver though to put it at the front come Saturday and give themselves a good chance of a decent result on Sunday. Fighting only to make it to Q3 will not do the job.
At the end of last year, everyone at McLaren and other Hamilton bashing specialists were cery much excited about the real possibility of Button or Perez lapping Hamilton consistantly this season. Now they are very concerned about Hamilton lapping both cars before the race goes to Europe.
By all calculations, it's possible, last Sunday at Melbourne Park, that Kimi could have lapped Perez if the race had gone on for another lap and even Button if the race had gone on for anoter 1.5 to 2 laps. Hamilton himself could have lapped Peres if he had 2 to 3 more laps and Button if he had 4 to 5 more laps. How sad

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